Northern side make it two in a row
Defending champions Northern Football saw off Auckland Football 2-0 to retain the ASB Women’s League crown at Fred Taylor Park on Sunday.
The visitors enjoyed the better of the first half exchanges in the grand final but a solid second half display from Northern was enough to keep the silverware on the northern side of the harbour bridge.
The crosstown rivals headed to the halftime break locked nil-all but second-half goals from Tayla O’Brien and Georgia Brown were enough to confirm the title for the home team.
It was a win built on defence with both Bridgette Armstrong and Tessa Berger working hard to halt the scoring run of former Football Fern Rebecca Tegg.
A shot at the post from Tegg in the first half was the closest Auckland came to grasping what would have been their first national title since 2009.
Brown also hit the woodwork for Northern during the second spell in what was her final game in New Zealand.
The Three Kings United flank player is heading to Philadelphia’s Temple University early next year to take up a scholarship opportunity.
Northern coach Mauro Donoso says losing pivotal players from last season’s title-winning squad was massive but his current players have successfully stepped up to fill the gaps and lead the team to another victory.
Defending champions: Northern Football defended their ASB Women’s League title defeating crosstown rivals Auckland Football in the grand final.
Go to centralleader.co.nz and click on Latest Edition for more photos. Winning goal: Georgia Brown sealed the win for Northern, scoring against Auckland’s Erin Nayler.